Post Reply Up too how many absences should be acceptable in one semester?
Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
A typical college semester can be defined as fifteen weeks long, depending on the school. How many absences denotes too many? Does it really matter as long as you get good grades or is it just a waste of money? (throwing away about 17$-20$ per for a no-show?)

Is it better to make sure to get the class participation to show employability skills in the future? I'm asking these questions because sometimes I feel like it's okay to give yourself a break every once in awhile. At the same time, I think that it's been a privilege with all the breaks between school years and holidays compared to other countries.

Attending a class usually makes up about 10% of the grade, often bumping you down from an A to B at times.

Since someone might be more experienced in attending college as a full-time or part-time student what do you think is the best way to go about things?
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Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
I'm going to have to say missing anything is probably detrimental.
Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
I got confused which one to answer.

At my university they don't even take attendance unless it's a lab. I would turn up to all the labs, and most of the lectures though.
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Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
A typical college shows about 7-10 lectures in the form of slideshows each term which are then provided to you online under your specific class and code.

Does it really matter unless you need help with certain questions, calculations, and formats, but hey, the teachers are the main reason for even going to class. If you think you know everything, then don't go to school, I don't care.

Labs are different, you need to be there, or you fuck yourself over.

But hey if you struggle with everything, don't miss class. Why even bother missing days? You pay for fucking education anyways. If you miss days because you just want to, why do you even go to college.

What is this poll even. Edumacation
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Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
The general policy my teachers take is 4 unexcused absences before you lose points for attendance
Seems reasonable

Plus, you're paying for it, why not use as much as you can?
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Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
Anymore than two is too much in my opinion. There are some classes that are too easy and you hate sitting there because you know everything already. I have a friend who didn't attend any of his calculus classes and only showed up for the tests. He passed with a B. Even then I still think you should attend since you're paying for it you might as well.
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Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
depending on an average semester I'm going with 5 myself, anything past that it's going to reflect on your grades and the likes.
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Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/25/17
It really depends on the class. Sometimes one absence from a class means you miss important information. But let's be honest... there are other classes that you could miss half the time and still ace the test. The only reason you go to those kind of classes is because attendance can impact your grade.
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Posted 10/25/17 , edited 10/26/17
I think perfect attendance is the standard to aim for.
That is, unless the class you're taking is crap and it's a point-based grading system.
Then you show up until you get a 70 and then stop showing up.
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Posted 10/26/17 , edited 10/26/17
As long as work gets turned in on time , and show up for tests. Being in class not really required, more of formality especially for some classes that waste your time for even being in.
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Posted 20 days ago , edited 20 days ago
I do agree that perfect attendance should be demanded, but considering that an abrupt and inevitable situation for a student could occur such as an illness or an accident for example, perhaps six or seven days.

I also agree with tangorat that penalty should be avoided if the student is able to complete their work, and since I have yet to search to learn of the absence penalties for Colleges, I am not certain how Universities differ in punishing students for absences to Primary education.
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Posted 20 days ago , edited 20 days ago
You never know what's going to happen. If someone ends up in an accident or seriously ill, then there really shouldn't be a penalty. Something that puts someone out for a lot of time will mean you won't get as much out of your course, but dropping and retaking it in that case should be up to the student. Also, if you pay for a course and something happens that really prevents you from attending much, like a long hospital stay, you should be refunded since that wasn't your fault.

I don't think "perfect attendance" should be something to be expected, since that means some people will drag themselves to school when it would be better for them to stay at home. Students are people and their lives are important.

Also, people should be allowed to take mental health days. Someone dealing with depression, anxiety and/or grief can't be expected to suck it up and attend school all the time when it's not going to help them recover.
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Posted 20 days ago , edited 20 days ago

SaeryenTheSongstress wrote:

You never know what's going to happen. If someone ends up in an accident or seriously ill, then there really shouldn't be a penalty.

the thread seems to be about voluntary absenses - ie people skipping class not because of an emergency but because they just want to skip class.

colleges are not high schools. attendance is strongly encouraged, but usually not mandatory (one of the few exception being language classes which take attendance for some reason). do expect to have a lot of catching up to do though depending on the class. the only exception, of course, is if you skip when there is a quiz or an exam.

professors will typically allow absenses on exam day due to medical emergencies, as long as the student can provide a proof (such as a written statement from the doctor). in this case, the student need to reschedule the exam with the professor.

if you dont have a very good reason to skip the exam, you will get a zero on the exam, and that is only fair - everyone else studied their butts for the test which the professor announced from day one.

as for skipping classes in general - probably a bad idea, unless you like to spend the evening catching up to the class you missed while working on your 5 page paper due the next day.
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Posted 16 days ago , edited 16 days ago
I think I've only missed class like one time during college. I don't think that there should be a penalty though. I guess it depends on the professor.
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